Scam Watch

Typing ‘Fact Check’ in your Facebook Block List Will Not Block Bots Reporting Your Posts

Typing ‘Fact Check’ in your Facebook Block List Will Not Block Bots Reporting Your Posts

Another hoax message is spreading virally on Facebook. The body of the message instructs users to: GO TO YOUR FB SETTINGS GO TO BLOCKING, TYPE IN FACT CHECK THEN BLOCK ALL OF THEM THESE ARE THE FB “BOTS” THAT KEEP REPORTING YOUR POSTS. I HAD OVER 20. YOU’RE WELCOME Sadly, this not true. You can’t…

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Report: Facebook Shopping Scams Are On The Rise

Report: Facebook Shopping Scams Are On The Rise

Scammers and cybercriminals often try to take advantage of Facebook users with fraudulent advertisements. However, these scams are particularly prevalent during the holiday season, and many experts are warning users to be careful what they click. According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), reports of online scams have risen eight-fold since the…

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Report: Despite Being Shut Down, Fraudulent Ad System Continues Scamming Facebook Users

Report: Despite Being Shut Down, Fraudulent Ad System Continues Scamming Facebook Users

In November 2019, Facebook sent a cease-and-desist letter to a U.S.-based marketing firm that ran ads using images of celebrities to trick users. As a result, the firm shut down. However, according to a new report in BuzzFeed News this week, many of the company’s remnants are still actively being used to scam people on…

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Ransomware Groups Are Using Hacked Facebook Pages To Pressure Their Victims Into Paying

Ransomware Groups Are Using Hacked Facebook Pages To Pressure Their Victims Into Paying

Facebook is an invaluable tool for people around the world to connect with one another. However, that also means cybercriminals can more easily take advantage of users. The latest fraudulent scheme circulating on Facebook involves ransomware groups hacking Facebook accounts in order to publish ads that pressure their victims into paying up. According to a…

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New Facebook Scam Fakes “Copyright Violations” To Get Around Two-Factor Authentication

New Facebook Scam Fakes “Copyright Violations” To Get Around Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook has long touted two-factor authentication as one of the strongest security measures that users can implement to protect themselves. However, a devious new scam has found a way around this safeguard by sending users fake copyright violation notices. According to Threatpost, hackers are sending these bogus notices to users and threatening to take down…

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Chinese Malware Scam Stole $4 Million From Users

Chinese Malware Scam Stole $4 Million From Users

At an industry conference this week, the Facebook security team shared additional details about one of the most sophisticated malware scams ever on the platform — a ploy originating in China known as “SilentFade.” The advanced hack utilized a bug in Facebook’s code to steal users’ passwords and cookies so they could hijack their accounts…

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Facebook Introduces New Scam-Fighting Safety Measures To Messenger

Facebook Introduces New Scam-Fighting Safety Measures To Messenger

When it comes to the Messenger platform, Facebook must walk a fine line with its security policies. The company has to protect users while simultaneously not infringing on their private messages. That’s why Facebook announced a new set of security measures this week for detecting scammers that relies solely on metadata, not the content of…

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Experts Warn That Facebook “Challenges” Can Be Used To Steal Your Data

Experts Warn That Facebook “Challenges” Can Be Used To Steal Your Data

As the coronavirus has forced much of the world to stay home for an extended period of time, many have turned to Facebook to stay connected with friends and family. However, experts are warning against the dangers of oversharing on the social media platform. “We cannot go out and socialize during this pandemic, so people…

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Facebook Loophole Has Allowed Scammers To Steal Millions

Facebook Loophole Has Allowed Scammers To Steal Millions

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is often abused by cybercriminals looking to make a quick buck. That’s why the tech giant has placed such an emphasis on security measures like two-factor authentication to protect its users. However, according to a report in CyberNews this week, hackers have found a basic…

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Better Business Bureau Advises Against Sharing Graduation Photos On Facebook

Better Business Bureau Advises Against Sharing Graduation Photos On Facebook

Just in time for high school and college graduations across the country, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) weighed in this week with a sobering piece of advice for students — consider not posting photos or info about graduation on Facebook. According to the consumer protection agency, hackers can easily use your school name and graduation…

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